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Owens Corning unveils new shingles

BY HBSDealer Staff

Owens Corning Roofing & Asphalt has introduced its next generation of shingles designed to offer maximum durability. The new TruDefinition Duration Series Shingles are engineered with patented SureNail Technology to withstand the elements.

New SureNail Technology features a tough, woven engineered reinforcing fabric in the nailing area to deliver fast, easy and consistent fastening during installation. Its unique triple layer design offers fastener holding power and helps enable the shingles to withstand winds up to 130 mph with only four nails per shingle.

"The introduction of TruDefinition Duration Series Shingles represents our continued effort to bring new and innovative ideas to the market that will benefit our customers and end-users. Not only do these shingles help improve a home’s appearance and offer tremendous curb appeal, but our enhanced SureNail Technology provides shingles with added strength and durability," said Sue Burkett, marketing leader, Owens Corning Roofing & Asphalt.

The TruDefinition Duration Series offers three varieties: TruDefinition Duration Shingles, TruDefinition Duration Designer Colors Collection Shingles, and TruDefinition Duration STORM Shingles. The STORM Shingles feature Owens Corning-patented WeatherGuard Technology, which helps the shingles meet one of the industry’s standards for impact resistance, UL 2218, Class 4.

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Skil relaunches website

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Skil has unveiled its redesigned website, skiltools.com, which helps make projects easier for do-it-yourselfers and handymen. The new site features a revamped layout; updated images; and tips, tricks and product reviews.

An enhanced navigation system and expanded accessories section offers consumers an easy-to-use resource. In addition, the website offers improved ‘buy’ links, giving the user the ability to cross-reference projects and match tools to accessories. 

Skiltools.com also allows browsers to easily share from the website to social media sites viaFacebook and Twitter.

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Q1 loss widens at Central Garden & Pet

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Central Garden & Pet posted a first-quarter net loss of $13.1 million, compared with a net loss of $9.6 million in the year-ago quarter.

Net sales for the first quarter ended Dec. 24, 2011, totaled $302.1 million, up 7% from $281.7 million in the same period a year ago.

“We continued to drive solid revenue growth this quarter, with gains in both our Garden and Pet businesses,” said Bill Brown, chairman and CEO. “As expected, it was a challenging quarter, as raw material costs remained high and the mix of sales favored lower-margin products which impacted our bottom line results. 

“We are dually focused on managing our operations in this challenging economic environment, while moving forward with the transformation of Central into an integrated, multi-brand company. We believe our strong portfolio of products and talented employee base will be keys in achieving our goal of sustainable long-term growth and improved profitability." 

Net sales for the Garden Products segment increased 8% to $102.8 million. The Garden Products segment’s branded product sales were $89.9 million, and sales of other manufacturers’ products totaled $12.9 million.

First-quarter net sales for the Pet Products segment increased 7% to $199.3 million. The Pet Products segment’s branded product sales were $156.6 million, and sales of other manufacturers’ products were $42.7 million. 

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